Hillary Clinton says it’s “time to move on” after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state, according to a story by the Associated Press.
However, that may not happen, especially in an election year with Clinton’s presidential rival – Donald Trump – lashing out.
An 800-page report by a special House committee makes no direct accusations of wrongdoing by Clinton, who was secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“From the very beginning, the task of the House Select Committee on Benghazi has been to uncover the truth surrounding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya,” Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said. “We owe it to Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. We owe it to the American people. And we owe it to those men and women who continue to risk their lives for our country, trusting that the U.S. government will have their backs.”
Wenstrup said, after two years of thorough investigation amid constant pushback from House Democrats and the Obama Administration, the Committee’s report confirms what he calls “a terrible reality: the Obama Administration failed to take appropriate action before and during the attack to protect our diplomats.”
Equally disturbing, Wenstrup says the report also confirms that the Administration knew it was a terrorist attack from the start. Yet Susan Rice, who was later promoted to National Security Advisor, lied to the American public in the following days and weeks, and the Administration continued to spin a false narrative that this was an out-of-control demonstration inspired by some video.
“I encourage everyone to read the Committee’s report, which can be found at www.benghazi.house.gov,” Wenstrup said. “I thank Chairman Trey Gowdy and the entire Committee for their honorable work in bringing this information to light, and I hope their report will prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.”
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